Former Yobe State House of Assembly member, Alhaji Audu Babale has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state capital, Damaturu, alongside his supporters.
According to sources Babale represents Fika Local Government’s Goya/Ngeji Constituency.
According to a statement issued by Hussaini Mai-Suleh, the Press Secretary to Yobe State Deputy Governor on Tuesday, “The defectors’ decision was due to the exemplary leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni’’.
Babale stated that he switched to APC due to Mai Mala Buni’s leadership style as Chairman, APC Caretaker, and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
Yobe Deputy Governor, Idi Gubana was described in the statement as “assuring the new entrants of equal and fair treatment to push the party to greater heights.”
Gubana also said that the governor was capable of carrying everyone along, irrespective of any political differences.
In another development, things are looking rosy for APC in Anambra State.
It will be recalled that the APC’s quest for the coveted governorship position in the Anambra Gubernatorial Election on November 6, enjoyed a tremendous boost when six Assembly members from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) defected to the partyon Tuesday night.
Nigerdeltaconnect gathered that the six legislators are Hon. Nonso Okafor representing Nnewi North; Hon. Timothy Ifedioramma who represents Njikoka 1; Hon. Cater D. N Umeoduagu representing the people of Aguata 1; Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu, the representative of the people of Dumekofia; Hon. Arthur Chiekwu representing Idemmih North; and Hon. Edward Ibuzo representing Onisha North 2.
The Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni, who received the defectors at a brief event in Abuja on Tuesday evening, reaffirmed the party’s determination to win the Anambra governorship election, which informed the zeal in engaging critical stakeholders in the state.
Buni said: “Mere looking at what is happening, especially now that some prominent and serving state lawmakers have started joining, the grassroots is moving and Anambra people are moving to the APC.”
However, the defectors described the APC as their preferred party and pledged to rally support in the run-off elections on November 6.